Gear Review: Dynafit TLT 6 Backcountry Ski Boots

Dynafit Ski Boots
The 2013/14 Dynatfit TLT 6.  MSRP $750.

The 2013/14 Dynafit TLT 6 is the result of decades of evolution in backcountry ski boot design.

Over the last few years boots have come a long, long. long way and the TLT 6 is the cutting edge of low-volume, ultralight, German engineered boots.  The shift towards lighter boots that offer wider range of motion during the ascent has completely changed the game.

TLT 6 Performance with lighter, stiffer carbon fiber upper.  MSRP $1000
TLT 6 Performance (carbon upper). MSRP $1K.

I got a pair of TLT 6 boots two months ago and have skied 35+ days in them in Grand Teton National Park and on Teton Pass here in Jackson Hole, WY.  I have compared them with last year’s TLT 5 for performance and ultra low temperature comfort.

Dynafit improved last year’s TLT 5 with a better lower buckle, extra removable tongues, a slightly higher boot volume, stiffer descent mode options, and a wide range of motion for efficient ascents.

Dynafit_quick_step_in_system_TLT5_ski_boot_meme_jpgThe TLT 6 Performance has a carbon fiber upper and looks pretty awesome but I haven’t been able to get my hands on a pair.

Check out my cold weather test of the TLT 6 vs TLT 5 and a few tips on keeping your hands and feet warm when it’s really cold out there.  One Love.  Peace.

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4 thoughts on “Gear Review: Dynafit TLT 6 Backcountry Ski Boots”

  1. The problem with this review (Great idea, BTW) is that you don’t seem to have any problems with the TLT5: your feet were fine in this boot too. You need to find someone whose feet freeze in the TLT5 and see if the TLT6 does any better. I have a pair of TLT5’s and my feet get cold even in fairly mild temps. I’m looking to replace them with something warmer, but this review doesn’t really help me decide if the TLT6 would be any better.

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    1. Good point, Dr. Dom. I do think the TLT6 is a warmer boot but you’re right that this video doesn’t prove it. I actually suffer from cold feet and frozen toes quite a bit (occasionally on mild days and usually when it’s windy and I’m bootpacking). On the day I made this video I was quite surprised that BOTH of my feet didn’t freeze because it was a bone-chilling cold day. In the weeks since I have been experimenting with being aware of my feet and incorporating toe wiggle into my stride vs. plodding along without paying attention to my feet until they’re painfully frozen. I’ve found that broad flexion at the ankle while ascening combined with wiggling and pushing off with my toes on every stride makes the biggest difference. It also seems to prevent the excruciating cramping I sometimes experience upon taking off my boot after a long tour. Sorry the review isn’t more help to you. I need to get one of my friends who has chronic frostbite in both feet to do this experiment with me!

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